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Wildlife Centres: Rabbit
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Reproduction: Rabbits usually have 3-4 litters a year. Although litter size can vary, the average is size is about 4-7. Young are born helpless, naked and with their eyes closed.

Diet: Green leaves, shrubs, twigs and bark

Species Information:
Eastern Cottontail Rabbits are a species that have adapted very well to city living and cultivated landscapes. In fact rabbits can make do with a small patch of grass and shrubs surrounded by a parking lot.

Many people find this out first hand when they discover a nest in their yard, next to their step, under a shrub or even in the middle of their lawn. The nest consists of grasses and twigs and mother’s fur and often seems to be very exposed.

People who stumble upon the nest understandably think the nest has been abandoned as there is rarely a sign of a rabbit nearby. She normally visits only 1-2 times over a 24 hour period, generally overnight and at dawn, to feed and tend to the young. If you find a nest of baby rabbits, the best thing to do is leave them alone, if you have pets you can keep them from the area for a few weeks, to give the fast growing rabbits a chance to grow and disperse.

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